Open Arms of Minnesota

Welcome to Open Arms
Open Arms of Minnesota prepares & delivers nourishing meals to critically ill Minnesotans and their families in need —100% free of charge to our clients.
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Fresh, Healthy, Delicious Meals
Our dietitians guide our trained chefs in developing a variety of tasty menu items tailored to specific illnesses.
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A Community of Love
Open Arms is powered by our incredible volunteers, who ensure our critically ill neighbors are always nourished with love.
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What We Offer

Medically Tailored Meals

Our registered dietitians guide our trained chefs in developing delicious, made-from-scratch meals tailored to specific illnesses.

Convenient Home Deliveries

With the help of our volunteer drivers, we deliver a week’s worth of meals at a time, allowing clients to focus on healing and spending more time with loved ones.


Our Nutrition Team is always available for our clients. They provide each client a nutritional assessment and offer free nutrition counseling & education services.​


We use fresh, local, and organic ingredients whenever possible—most of it prepared in-house and some of it grown ourselves at one of our five Open Farms locations.

Care for
Clients & FAmiLy

Meals are delivered not only to our clients, but also to dependents and caregivers. Income is not a qualifier for our services, and we operate on models of abundance, community, & social responsibility.

A Community of Kindness & Love

Everything we do relies on our incredible community of supporters and volunteers, who ensure that our meals are always prepared and delivered with love.

FY 2021 By The Numbers


clients, caregivers and dependents served with our nourishing meals


medically tailored meals cooked and delivered to our clients


hours of time donated by 6,600 volunteers, equaling ~30 employees


donors supported our neighbors living with life-threatening illnesses

You are invited to the Open House Celebration for our brand-new St. Paul Kitchen & Campus tomorrow! Come by with family and friends, explore the facility, play games, win prizes, and enter a drawing for fun giveaways. Heavy appetizers and refreshments will be provided by our restaurant partners. All are welcome and we hope to see you there! Let’s celebrate this exciting new chapter of Open Arms!
We are still seeking new volunteers at our St. Paul Kitchen & Campus! There are lots of open shifts in the kitchen as well as for our shipping program to serve outstate clients.

Kitchen shifts are available from 9-11am and 11:30am-1:30pm, and 2:30-4:30pm, Monday through Friday as well as Saturdays from 9-11am.

Shipping shifts include box making from 9-11am on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, packing food into boxes from 11:30am-2:00pm also on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and ice pack prep from 2:30-4:30pm on Thursdays! 

If you haven’t volunteered in St. Paul yet, now is a great time to start! Bring a buddy too! We will have special giveaways for anyone who volunteers in #StPaul. Learn more about #volunteeropportunities and sign up using the link in our bio.
February is Black History Month, when we listen, uplift, and honor the experiences, contributions, and legacies of Black people in America. We encourage you to explore this list of resources from @racejusticeed (link in bio) to learn more about why we celebrate #BlackHistoryMonth.
Open Arms has been chosen as the 2023 @lakewindsfoodcoop Community Giving Round Up recipient during the month of February at all 3 locations in Chanhassen, Minnetonka, and Richfield. If you shop at Lakewinds, or know someone who does, please encourage them to round up this month. Proceeds benefit our Open Farms program, allowing us to continue growing fresh, local, nutritious vegetables for our clients’ meals. #RoundUp #FoodIsMedicine
We had a blast marching in this year's King Boreas Grande Day Parade dressed as frozen vegetables! Here are some highlights. #StPaulWinterCarnival #GrandeDayParade #FoodIsMedicine
Today, we #OpenTheArchives by remembering our founder, Bill Rowe!
Happy Friday from Open Arms! It’s been a busy week of preparing, packaging, and delivering #medicallytailoredmeals to our clients! We wish you a wonderful weekend and hope to see you at the Grande Parade in downtown St. Paul tomorrow! As temperatures plunge once again in Minnesota, here is a photo from one of our #OpenFarms in warmer times.
Today, Open Arms serves #medicallytailoredmeals to 1400+ clients, their loved ones, and caregivers across Minnesota. #FoodIsMedicine
Have you subscribed to the Weekly DISH? It’s our email newsletter that keeps you up to date on all things Open Arms, delivered straight to your inbox. Sign up for the DISH today using the link in our bio.
Open Arms will be a participant in the 2023 King Boreas Grande Day Parade in downtown St. Paul this Saturday from 2-4 pm as part of the @stpaulwintercarnival. Watch for the Open Arms delivery van along with staff and volunteers dressed in vegetable costumes! The parade route will go down West 7th Street at Smith to 5th Street to Washington to 4th Street. We’ll be spreading the word about volunteer opportunities and our new St. Paul Kitchen & Campus. See you there! Click the link in our bio for more information.
Open Arms has been cooking, preparing, and delivering nourishing meals to our neighbors with critical illnesses since 1986.
Got some extra time in the afternoons? Looking for a 2-hour feel-good opportunity located on the East side of the Twin Cities? Our volunteer shifts packing client meals in St. Paul from 2:30–4:30 pm or 5-7 pm need some love! We have complimentary hats for any newbies and if you bring a buddy, we have happy hour gift cards for you to enjoy after you finish your shift! Use the link in our bio to learn more and sign up for a volunteer shift. #Volunteer #foodismedicine ddy, we have happy hour gift cards for you to enjoy after you finish your shift! Use the link in our bio to learn more and sign up for a volunteer shift. #Volunteer #FoodIsMedicine
Looking for work? Open Arms is hiring for several new positions including a Chief Financial Officer, Senior Manager of Client Services, Senior Manager of Nutrition, Senior Manager of Logistics and Delivery, Kitchen Floor Manager, Food Services Worker, and Volunteer Engagement & Groups Coordinator!
Visit our careers page to learn more about our open roles using the link in our bio!
Welcome to Open Arms! We believe that food is medicine, and there's always room for one more at our table.
DELIVERY DRIVERS NEEDED: We have lots of open routes today in St. Paul. If you are willing and able to pick up a delivery route AND are a registered driver with us, email Nate at! If you haven’t registered yet, sign up at to drive with us in the future (link in bio).
Want to volunteer in our kitchen? There are lots of opportunities to pick up kitchen shifts in BOTH Minneapolis and St. Paul. Come volunteer, meet some new friends, and make a difference in the lives of our critically ill and vulnerable neighbors across Minnesota. Use the link in our bio to sign up for a shift!
Want to help nourish your Minnesota neighbors with critical illnesses? A kitchen shift is a great way to get involved. It's easy and fun and there's a good chance you'll make some new friends in the process. Sign up for a kitchen shift today using the link in our bio. No cooking experience needed!

Join us for our Open House Celebration! 

YOU are invited to an Open House Celebration for the entire community at our new Open Arms St. Paul Kitchen & Campus! Please join us on Saturday, Feb. 4 from 2-5 p.m. Stop in with family and friends and explore the facility, play games, win prizes, and enter a drawing for fun giveaways.